Everyone wants to improve their home, but not everyone has the budget to do so. Fortunately there are many ways you can improve your home on a budget. Here are some cheap home improvement ideas you can use to improve your house.

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Paint Everything

Painting over walls in your home is a great way to boost value
Nothing ever complained about a fresh coat of paint. Source: DIY Network

You may be wondering how to increase your home value. The secret to low cost yet high-reward home improvement is to slap a coat of paint on everything. Not only does this make the interior of your home look new, it also disguises any light damage that may have occurred over the years. Try painting the following for an immediate boost in appeal.

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Hardware
  • Exterior furniture
  • Lightswitch plates
  • Molding
  • Tub
  • TIles
  • Shelves
  • Window frames

Faux Backsplash

Faux brick still looks pretty original in the kitchen
The kitchen can always benefit from a backsplash, no matter what the material. Source: Remodelaholic

So maybe tiles aren’t your thing, or they’re simply out of the price range you were going for. If this is the case, faux materials can be installed that are made to look like the real thing. How much does a kitchen remodel add to the value of your home? Well that depends on the amount your spend. With faux backsplashes however, you’re guaranteed to see a return on your investment.

Two Words: Front Entrance

Usually the most attention goes to your front door
The entrance is always seen by both guest and passerby alike. Source: DIY Network

If you’re looking for the one area that gets the most attention, it’s definitely the front entranceway. It’s simply seen by the most people and therefore the one target area you should focus on when trying to maintain a budget. And when it comes to DIY home renovation on a budget, you have a lot of options regarding your front door. Try adding some of the following ideas:

  • Planters
  • New hardware
  • Welcome mat
  • Wreath
  • More lighting
  • Columns
  • Exterior decor
  • Custom front door

Stair Runner

Runners are a solution to steps that very few homeowners seem to know about
Ever think of using a runner for carpeting? Source: What Mily Does

Many homeowners haven’t even heard of this trick. As a much, much cheaper alternative to carpeting your staircase, simply add a low-cost runner to your steps. This will improve your home in terms of both value and safety, especially if you have slick wooden stairs in your house. Because carpeting is so expensive, this is a great way to save money while improving the look of your home and making sure nobody slips and falls. A runner can be sold in most craft stores.

Plant a Tree

Another easy way to add value to your home exterior is simply to plant a tree. You have a few options to work with, considering how many trees will survive in your area and what size you’re starting with. Planting trees makes for great weekend home improvement projects. And your yard will thank you for it.

Update the Kitchen Hardware

Kitchen cabinets and their hardware can both be upgraded for cheap
Look at what a difference just the hardware makes. Source: Calypso in the Country

When updating your home, the two areas that see the most return are the kitchen and bathroom. So do yourself a favor and spruce up the kitchen hardware. You don’t even really have to buy anything, just remove the hardware from your cabinets and give it a good polish. Alternatively you could also paint them. This DIY home renovation on a budget will really make your kitchen stand out for next to nothing.

Update the Lighting

Recently LED bulbs have made it easier to add cool new lighting features to your home, like track fixtures or railing lights. So you’re sure to be able to find cool house upgrades that improve the interior lighting. Updating the lighting will also make any room seem warmer and larger.

DIY Wallpaper

Stencil in your own designs for a personalized touch
Try out different styles for your wall! Source: Jace Party

Do you own stencils and pencils? Why not create your own personalized wallpaper? Certainly this will take some time and artistic effort, but the end result is a truly custom wall piece that no other home can claim. Nurture your inner artist and improve your home at the same time. At the very least it will create an interesting talking point for your home.

Trying to improve your home while on a shoestring budget? Do you like DIY projects and saving money? Call up a pro to get a free estimate on a remodel.

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